Ten years of Azure

Ten years of Azure – What has been achieved so far and what’s next?

Ten years ago this week, Microsoft officially launched its Azure cloud platform. Since then, Azure has become a core Microsoft service and one that we at TiG deploy daily. Here we take a look at Azure’s capabilities and discuss what makes it our favoured public cloud platform.

Azure is an ever-expanding set of cloud computing services, working in combination within organisations to help them succeed and meet business challenges. TiG has deployed Azure services in over 100 businesses, giving even smaller companies the same technology power as their enterprise competitors.

Azure allows businesses of any size to:

Be future-ready

Continuous innovation from Microsoft supports your development today – and your product visions for tomorrow. Build on the latest advancements in the cloud, including more than 1,000 new capabilities released in the last year.

Operate a hybrid cloud environment

On-premises, in the cloud and at the edge – Azure is able to seamlessly integrate. There are specific components of Azure that allow businesses to manage their environments with tools and services designed for hybrid cloud.

Use the services that make a difference

When TiG partner with clients looking to deploy cloud services we are able to create a bespoke package of Azure services that will make real operational improvements. There’s no need to subscribe to or pay for services that won’t be used.

Trust their data is secure

Azure is protected by huge teams of security experts at Microsoft. They proactively seek out security threats and create industry-leading compliance levels that are trusted by enterprises, governments and global financial standards authorities. In addition, it utilises privacy certifications, built-in security controls and unique threat intelligence, meaning Azure is able to help identify and protect against rapidly evolving threats.

Living on the edge – The future of Azure

Looking to the future, Microsoft have bet on the future of edge computing and extended Azure’s capabilities even further. In Edge computing the action takes place near the physical location where data is being collected and analysed, rather than on a centralised server or in the cloud. This new infrastructure involves sensors to collect data and edge servers to securely process data in real-time on site, while also connecting other devices, such as laptops and smartphones, to the network.

Edge computing is important because it creates new and improved ways businesses to maximise operational efficiency, improve performance and safety, and automate all core business processes. It is a leading method to achieve the digital transformation.

Azure IoT Edge and Azure Stack Edge have become the foundation for running compute, storage and analytics at the edge.

Microsoft, a 44-year old company has shown that with the right strategy, vision, and execution, it is possible to stay relevant in the highly-competitive market. Azure’s powerful capabilities and high levels of security mean it is TiG’s foremost public cloud platform.

Happy Birthday, Microsoft Azure!

If you have found this blog post useful you may like to read our related articles below, or take a look at the Intelligent Data Platform page to find out more about how TiG uses Azure.

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